In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Dan Martin wins Volta ao Algarve stage, takes over lead; Pinot wins Ruta del Sol queen stage, Contador assumes lead; Anderson wins Tour of Oman, stage 3; Not above bottle duty: Amalie Dideriksen’s year ahead in the rainbow stripes; Dunbar poised to seize chances heading into year two with Axeon Hagens Berman team; Jens Keukeleire hit by car while training in Spain; Mitchelton-Scott signs young Australian talents; Two climbs planned for Tokyo 2020 road race circuit; Reports: Meeusen to join van der Poel on Beobank-Corendon; Klaas Vantornout remains with Marlux-Napoleon Games; Too early for Pidcock at WorldTour level; Paolini signs with pro mountain bike team; Erkki Punttila – Not Far From Home.
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Denmark’s Amalie Dideriksen invites readers to share the world champion’s rainbow ride with her this year as she joins Ella CyclingTips as our newest columnist. But first we talked to the 20-year-old to set the scene for what’s in store for the year ahead. Here is an excerpt:
It’s not that Dideriksen isn’t interested in taking chances to go for the win. She’s been racing since she was eight and cared about coming in first even as a girl sprinting with her dad for the town signs. “Of course he was stronger and I always got so mad when he won those sprints, so sometimes he let me win,” recalled Dideriksen. “I don’t know if I realised he let me win, but I was quite happy with it.”
It’s hard not to think that the determination to win even when the odds were stacked against her when she was young is just as strong now, given her unexpected victory against much more experienced opponents at the world championships. That win, combined with a fifth place at the Rio Olympics on the track, has boosted Dideriksen’s confidence and provided ample proof that when she gets to work for herself, and not others, she can deliver with the best of them.
“Of course I hope I can get more opportunities,” said Dideriksen. “I know I’m going to help the team a lot in the races when they don’t suit me, but I hope if they end in a sprint and I’m there we can go for me. Otherwise I’m fine helping the other girls still too.”
Dideriksen may find that she would get more chances in another team with less firepower to choose from, but the team which she joined in 2015 has so many potential race winners that even a world champion has to be prepared to sit back and work to help others achieve their ambitions much of the time. “We have such a such a strong team that you can’t expect everything to change just because of wearing the rainbow bands,” said Dideriksen.
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